United Way of Western Connecticut’s ALICE Emergency Fund is just one aspect of our larger response to the COVID-19 virus. Your donation has a multiplier effect, as local leaders and governments count on United Way of Western Connecticut as a convener of community agencies to facilitate front line support where it is most needed locally. One of our staff members recounts her time jumping on the frontline when help was needed:
“I delivered at least 10 bags to this home.”
"We were short on volunteers at [a local food agency], so I went to pack and deliver for an entire family that was COVID positive. Of course, we would leave the food at the door so there is no direct client contact.
"[The agency] had just gotten a delivery and was packed with food! I packed enough for a family of two adults and three children to last at least two weeks, including: cereal, oatmeal, peanut butter, jelly, bread, vegetables (canned, fresh and frozen), milk, orange juice, eggs, frozen fish, chicken, pork, six prepared portions of beef stew prepared by Sodexo, three large prepared soups, cookies and other treats for the kids, paper goods, soap, and some cleaning supplies.
"I delivered at least 10 bags to this home and felt really good that this family would be taken care of."
Being nimble and responsive to community needs--not just during the pandemic, but always--is only possible because of your donations, support and volunteerism.